okay but, like. So let’s say Steve Rogers is the sun, pulling people into his orbit almost against their will, the guy that makes half of an extremely compromised and organized super spy organization go rabid and turn on itself because—well, Captain’s orders. You know who’s never pulled into his orbit, not even for a minute?
…Natasha Romanoff, because guys Captain America is not her king he is not her symbol he does not have her loyalty or her love, just whatever friendship she chooses to give, okay. You know who does have Natasha’s loyalty? You know who she has sworn fealty to? Nicholas J. Fury, guys. Captain America lays down an order and Maria Hill acknowledges it, Sam Wilson seconds him with a slow smile, Natasha just looks at Nick Fury. Waits for his word.
Guys, guys, all that fic everybody wrote about how Clint and Coulson brought her in out of the cold and the three of them were the super special extra loyal dream team that you couldn’t break up because they loved each other and stuff? THAT NEVER HAPPENED PROBABLY, because it’s SO CLEAR that Nick Fury is the guy that she’s sworn to, and no one else.
(Please write me a million aus about Nick Fury as a king and Natasha as his knight. Nick Fury as a general and Natasha as his second in command. Nick Fury as a pirate captain and Natasha as his first mate.)
Like, like just think about Natasha watching the surgery and whisperingdon’t do this to me, nick over and over again, even though she knows steve and maria can hear her, like she’s lost her anchor. think about her fingers on his brow. think about how she’s got a bullet in her shoulder and she’s steadily losing blood, white as a sheet, and maria takes her to Fury before giving her medical attention, because she knows that’s what natasha would prefer.
(LET’S DISCUSS HOW IT’S VERY CLEAR THAT NICK FURY IS A VASTLY IMPORTANT PART OF HER FOUNDATION, THE PERSON THAT TIED HER TO THE PRESENT AND TO SHIELD AND TO THE IDEA OF GOING STRAIGHT, AND NICK DOESN’T TRUST HER ENOUGH TO LET HER IN ON HIS DEATH BEING FAKED. LET’S DISCUSS THAT.)
that completely focused attention on nick fury, even as captain america declares his intent to raze the organization that saved her to the ground. that little smile when she says “company’s coming.” the way he says her name when she takes herself out.
(let’s talk about trust. let’s talk about how nick fury loves certain people but the only one he can really bring himself to trust is maria hill. let’s talk about natasha’s deadly certainty and the way we watch it shake almost apart on a stranger’s bed as she dries her hair—“I thought when I joined SHIELD I was going straight”—and then crystallize perfectly at Nick Fury’s bedside. because the woman who almost kills herself to stop pierce from getting away is not a woman who lacks either loyalty or certainty.)
JUST. CAN WE TALK?